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Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she’s a terrible singer. Instead she’s the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!
Firstly, I absolutley LOVE Raina Telgemeier's illustrations in Drama. The comic-book style is amazinly expressive and really captures the personality of the characters (and I just love the recurring blue dress! I wish I owned something that gorgeous!).
The story too, is exciting and interesting, if a little bit repetitive. I've never seen the theme of school musicals explored in the way that it was done in Drama. You rarely hear the story of the stage crew - but without them, the show would not go on.
Literatureally (?) speaking, it is amazing how you see each of the characters react when things start to fall apart on show night. And you'll never guess who saves the day!
Light, exciting read for year 6-9 students.
Are you always keen to know what the drama is at your school is? Are you one of those people who watches reality tv shows in your spare time? Do you want to be the next top actor, but you are terrible at musical theatre? Well this books the one for you!
Drama by Raina Telgemeier is a graphic novel filled with eye grabbing illistrations about Callie Marin's dramaticlife in 7th gtrade at Eucalyptus Middle School. It all starts as Callie, Matt and Greg on there usual walk home. Greg is Callies long time crush but she thinks she doesn't stand a chance with him, but when she's asked to talk to with him alone, thats when the drama starts! Callie goes for it and tells Greg how she feels but does Greg feel the same way?
The next day comes around and the first stage crew meeting of the year is held. Callie loves being part of the stage crew and belongs knows she belongs behind the stage rather than on the stage. She has big ideas for this years production " Moon Over Missisipie "and can't wait to get the how on the road, but you cant have a good show without a little drama, and where do you get the drama from? Twins! Thats the answer! Meet Jesse and Justin, identicle twins from grade 8. This is when Callie has a 3 way descision but it soon cuts down to no options left.
Time goes by and Greg is completly ignoring Callie, Justin turns out to have a different love interest and Jesse, well Jesse's...perfect. Callie soon realises that Jesse really is perfect for her and she's finally found someone who she can talk to, but Callie hasn't got time for love at the moment, the show must go on. The first show is a blast! Full house, props work out and everyones there. The second and last performance... not as good. The lead female ensemble bales out because of love issues, the props don't work out as well and theres no one to replace her in the final act... or is there? maybe Callie really dosn't have sombody to love.
One word... DRAMA!!!!
Ok, so one of the best parts of this book is the illustrations. But... I also just LOVE the characters! They are all so different and fun: not the most popular people at school, but the most interesting.
There isn't much else to say except that I highly recommend this book! It's a bit different from normal all-text books, and if you just want a quick read that is actually quite nice, this is the way to go.